Posts Tagged ‘elections’

19 Wisconsin counties flip on Gov. Walker—but outcome of Supreme Court race still unclear

Weeks of protests across Wisconsin let unionbusting legislators know that workers won’t stand for ideologically motivated attacks on their rights. And this week’s Supreme Court race took that message from Madison to the polls. Read more »


The Right To Join A Union: From Eleanor Roosevelt to John Kasich

Guest Post by Author and Labor Scholar Brigid O’Farrell.

When my phone rang in Moss Beach, California, I was surprised to find a young girl calling from a small town in Ohio, not far from Columbus. She and her friends in eighth grade were writing a play about Eleanor Roosevelt for a school project. She saw my book on the internet, She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker. They wanted their drama to address the workers in Ohio and Wisconsin. “Eleanor Roosevelt went into a coal mine, didn’t she?” the girl asked. “Do you think she would be supporting the workers today?” Read more »


Airline industry trying to put workers’ rights on standby

As if the anti-union attacks in the states aren’t enough, the airline industry is ramping up efforts to make the process of forming a union a bumpy ride for aviation and rail workers.

The aviation industry is pushing Congress to pass the FAA Reauthorization Bill —with an amendment that would count non-voters as a “no” vote in union elections for both rail and air workers.

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Big Business doesn’t belong at the ballot box

The 2010 midterms were not the only election this week. At Delta and Piedmont Airlines, flight attendants took a vote on union representation in their workplaces.

First, the bad news. By a very slim margin, flight attendants at Delta voted against forming a union. Wednesday’s outcome affects 21,000 employees total and, due to the recent Delta-Northwest merger, means that already-unionized Northwest flight attendants will lose the collective bargaining agreement they’ve maintained for over six decades.

As usual, it looks like the loss can be chalked up to a vicious anti-union campaign waged by the company in the lead up to the election. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) claims that Delta spent millions to influence its employees, and is poised to file charges with the National Mediation Board.

Now for the good news. Read more »


A new Congress, but the fight for workers’ rights continues

There’s no way around it: We’re about to see a major shift in the political landscape. Far-right Republicans helped the GOP gain a majority in the House of Representatives, and there were losses for Democrats in the Senate as well.

And in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah, the so-called secret ballot measures we blogged about last week  all passed. It’s a chilling indication of how far corporate interests will go to maintain a status quo that protects exploitative employers, even if it means continued setbacks for workers and the economy. Read more »


The big secret behind secret ballot initiatives

Next Tuesday, voters in four states—Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah—will be facing anti-worker initiatives that would amend each state’s constitution to require so-called secret ballots in union elections. At first glance, these measures appear to be about worker protection. But underneath the friendly exterior, it’s clear the far-right organizations funding these measures are not looking out for workers’ best interests.

They’re making a preemptive strike against federal legislation that Congress has not even passed yet—the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more »


Exposing the anti-union network

The 2010 midterm elections are right around the corner, and the assault on workers and their unions has never been louder—or better funded. The anti-union network is pumping unprecedented funds into races around the country to oppose pro-worker candidates and policies. These are the same big money extremists that fought hard against the Employee Free Choice Act, raising the minimum wage, and even equal pay for women.

It’s time to stop them—and their undisclosed donors—before they do any more damage. So we’ve put together a report that provides background info on the most nefarious of these groups: American Crossroads, Americans for Job Security, Americans for Prosperity, The Club for Growth, Freedom Works, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read more »


Chamber of Commerce thinks money can buy everything

commerce logoThe Chamber of Commerce wants their opinions to be heard, and they’re more than willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure our elected officials get the message loud and clear.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press ran a very interesting article that exposes how the Chamber is abusing the recent easing of legal restraints on corporate political activities. The new lack of restrictions allows organizations like the Chamber to donate exorbitant amounts of money to fight the Obama administration and support the GOP.

As the United States’ largest business lobbying organization, they have pledged to spend $75 million in this year’s election. Many of the candidates they have chosen to back up adamantly refuse to support workers’ rights. And all of that is on top of a lobbying effort that already has cost the organization nearly $190 million since Barack Obama became president in January 2009.

“Elections have consequences, votes matter,” said Bill Miller, the chamber’s political director. “And we’re going to go out and engage in an effort to try and ensure we have people on Capitol Hill that will listen to our arguments and propose and promote ideas that are more supportive of the free enterprise system.”

While everyone has the right to financially support the people they want to see elected, it’s clear that this kind of spending by the Chamber can’t be matched by ordinary Americans. And to buy that kind of influence while claiming to represent all business owners in the United States is dishonest, to say the least. The Chamber is taking way too many liberties with their words and their wallet.

Fortunately, workers’ rights advocates are holding the Chamber accountable. Check out Change to Win’s watchdog website U.S. Chamber Watch to get the latest updates on the lobbying organization’s misdoings.